Edinburgh Blasda 16th September, Leith

2-7 pm, Sunday 16 September

Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Street, Leith

Now in its second year, Blasda will be helping celebrate all that is good with local food through a series of events run by communities cafes and cooks in locations ranging from Barra to Edinburgh during Food and Drink Fortnight.

Blasda, which is co-ordinated by the Fife Diet, promotes a vibrant new food culture that celebrates local heritage and variation, but is based on eating locally-sourced fresh food which can be a boost to the economy and ecology of Scotland.

With events including mass lunches, pot luck picnics and public feasts plus ceilidhs, talks and food films across Scotland there really will be something for everyone!

Blasda are also pleased to announce a mobile element to the festivities this year with a roving set of workshops on how to ‘grow your own’ being promoted by the chip-fat oil powered Seed Truck and the Culture Kitchen Relay run by Hidden Gardens which will be swapping recipes between communities as it travels! 

Edinburgh Blasda Workshops, Out of the Blue, Leith

MAPPING LOCAL FOOD EDINBURGH 3.00-4.00 

Ally Tibbitt from Greener Leith will hold a ‘local food audit’ looking at what’s available across Edinburgh and mapping allotments, local food projects, cafes, community growing schemes, local food shops. Come along, bring your local knowledge (and your laptop) and fill in the gaps.

GROWING SPACES EDINBURGH: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE 4.00 – 5.00

Greig Robertson (Edinburgh Communty Backgreens Association, Edible Estates) on who’s growing what and where. Talk followed by tour of nearby Sunshine on Leith community garden.

SCOTTISH CHEESEBOARD  5.00 – 6.00 pm

Phoebe Weller (Roving Fromagerie) on the proliferation  of quality artisan cheese-making and traditions they’re drawing on. Come along for a taste of the best cheese in Scotland.

STALLS / EXHIBITORS 2.00 – 7.00 pm 

Breadshare with the Seed Truck pedal-powered mill bike (Fergus), Community Gardens (Sunshine on Leith, Redbraes Strawberry Field, Lochend Secret Garden and various),  Changeworks, Zapatista Coffee, Mcleods Organics, Foragable teas and infusions (Anna Canning), Leith Open Space ‘World Kitchen’ (Fay Young), Fife Diet’s Smoothie Bike with fruit from Edinburgh community garden projects with Diane Burn.Reception (sponsored by William Bros) 6.00 – 7.00

The acclaimed Centotre and the Scottish Cafe http://www.centotre.com/thescottishcafe/ will be featuring a full Scottish menu as part of the Blasda celebrations.

 For a full listing of Blasda events check out the interactive map at www.blasda.org.uk

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